Labiaplasty is a popular surgical treatment, especially for Western women, and the advantages to having it abroad is the cost – and the fact there are plenty of destinations to relax and recover in after surgery.
Labiaplasty is a form of genital surgery that removes the ‘excess’ parts of the vaginal lips. There may be medical or cosmetic reasons to have the procedure done – the lips may become swollen after childbirth, causing discomfort or hygiene issues, or some women may not like the appearance of their labia. Either way, this is a relatively quick procedure to perform, and in terms of downtime after the operation recovery is a few days.
As long as you in good general health, and have a realistic expectation as to the outcome of the surgery, you are suitable for labiaplasty.
The procedure typically takes between one and two hours and may be carried out with either a local or general anesthetic. The excess tissue to be removed will be excised either with a scalpel, or with a laser, and the remaining tissue closed with fine sutures, which are dissolvable.
Some patients choose to have the procedure carried out as part of a ‘vaginal rejuvenation’ or ‘designer vagina’ treatment, and so other procedures, such as hymenoplasty, vaginoplasty or clitoropexy may be performed at the same time.
You will usually be allowed home on the same day as your treatment is carried out, and while it may be uncomfortable, you will be encouraged to walk around as soon as possible to help reduce the chance of blood clots and to ease swelling.
Applying cool ice packs to the area may ease the discomfort for a day or two, as will lying down, rather than sitting. Feminine pads will be useful to absorb discharge.
You will need to keep the area clean and dry until the stitches have dissolved – so no sitting in the bath!
Most people return to work within a week, when normal everyday activities can be resumed. You will be advised to avoid sex, heavy lifting and swimming for around 6 weeks.
This will depend on where you have it done, but in most cases savings of at least 50% are not unusual, for example in Thailand labiaplasty costs on average $2,200 and $1,500 in the Philippines compared to $6,500 in the United States.
Providing you do some homework, there is no reason why the quality of your surgery abroad will be any less than what you would receive at home.
This is why, at Medical Departures, we pre-screen to ensure our doctors meet the standards we would expect. Checking legal and criminal records, as well as verifying qualifications and professional memberships is part of this process, as are patient testimonials and clinic visits. Only when these factors stack up do we promote a particular doctor on our website.
Choose wisely, and book your labiaplasty abroad with Medical Departures.